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JCCV Supports New Sentencing Laws

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JCCV Supports New Sentencing Laws

07 December 2009

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) is delighted to see that the proposed amendments to the Sentencing Act recently announced by the Attorney General, Rob Hulls have now passed through both Houses of Parliament and received Royal Assent.

The new laws ensure harsher sentences are given to offenders who have been motivated to commit a crime by the victim’s race, religion or sexual orientation.

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) is delighted to see that the proposed amendments to the Sentencing Act recently announced by the Attorney General, Rob Hulls have now passed through both Houses of Parliament and received Royal Assent.

The new laws ensure harsher sentences are given to offenders who have been motivated to commit a crime by the victim’s race, religion or sexual orientation.

JCCV president John Searle said that “since assuming the presidency the JCCV has been active regarding antisemitism, Hate Crimes and crimes against, or vilification of minority groups. I am delighted to see that the work we have done in presenting submissions to the State Government has been rewarded. It is also pleasing to see that the legislation received support from both houses of Parliament”, Searle added.

“I believe and hope that this legislation will help bring an end to the abuse of minority groups. In many respects it reiterates the right of all Victorians to be able to live securely in their own identity.

These amendments reinforce the government’s commitment and the commitment of all Victorians to live in a harmonious, multicultural society free from vilification or hatred based on a person’s background, race, religion or sexual orientation”.

Searle noted that “the amendments are in line with the work of the JCCV Executive which has been particularly diligent in attempting to combat vilification of all types and ensure representatives of all groups within the Jewish community are included in community /JCCV events. It is vital that all members of our own and the wider community are made to feel welcome and that no sections are excluded”.

Please address any queries to John Searle at 03 9272 5566

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